I loved Family Guy when it first came out. Since it’s return, it has good episodes and some are just… ehh… If you watch I’m sure you know what I mean. I’ve apparently gotten a bit behind on Family Guy.
In general, I tend to like episodes more when they do not focus on Peter. Let’s face it, Peter is a moron and, while he does have a few funny moments, is generally just annoying. Based on the name of the episode, it seems like it’s going to be another episode focusing on Chris. I did enjoy the episode where he went to space camp, so I had decent hopes for this one.
The main story line for this episode is that Chris gets made fun of because he is wearing lame shoes. He asks his parents for money, but they refuse, so he sneaks in their room when they are gone and steals some money. Meg sees him and blackmails him into doing things for her, in typical Meg fashion. She has him watch An Officer and a Gentleman (I’m assuming it’s some romance movie, I have never seen it) and at the end she has him say “That’s going to be you someday Meg”. The creepiest part was she wanted him to help put contacts in and her eyes rolled up into her head. Finally Chris cannot take it anymore so he runs away from home.
I was pleasantly surprised that he runs away and ends up staying with Mr. Herbert (that creepy old man that has a crush on Chris). I love Mr. Herbert, he adds that necessary creepy feel that is just hilarious. This was one of the better episodes for him. My favorite scene is when Chris and Mr. Herbert are going to bed, they are both in individual twin size beds that are decently far apart. Chris keeps turning the light off, then back on to ask a question and the beds keep getting closer and closer. Chris farts and turns the light back on and Mr. Herbert is back where he started and said that’s one way to waist a Cialis (erection pills for those that are too innocent to know what that is). Eventually Chris gets so annoying that Mr. Herbert kicks him out. Meg had ended up looking for him and finally found him and convinced him to come back home.
The other story line for this episode is between Stewie and Brian. Stewie discover Anne Murray and loves his music. Brian thinks he’s full of shit, but after Stewie sings to him, he has the same weird visions to the music that Stewie does. They end up later arguing over a song and go to see her to ask what it really means. It is here that Stewie finds out that she didn’t actually write the songs so he ties her up. There was no real end to that story line.
There were two random scenes in the episode that stood out to me too. One is when Stewie mentioned Buzz Lightyear not showing up and it cuts to Buzz at a scene trying to pick up some girls with the pickup line “Want to go to my apartment? And beyond?” I thought that was pretty good. The other was Peter being out on a date with Lois but had forgotten his wallet. He ran to the payphone to make a call, but it cuts to a live action clip from probably the 80s. It may have been funny if I had known what the original clip was from, but I just didn’t get it.
Overall, it was a decent episode. I love Mr. Herbert being all creepy and I was amused by the fact that he eventually got tired of Chris. At the end, it showed Mr. Herbert arriving at a cabin (that he had planned on going to with Chris) to meet with another guy and his small child/boyfriend crying that they had broken up. I give it 7 evil monkeys out of 10.